Tanner Pearson
Tanner Pearson
26-Year-Old Left WingLW
Vancouver Canucks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
At 25 years old, the time has come for Pearson to step up and develop into a true top-six forward. However, that was supposed to be the case last year, and it didn't happen. While 15 goals and 25 helpers isn't a bad campaign, it's not the type of numbers that many were expecting for Pearson a year ago. As such, it's difficult to trust him to take that long-awaited next step. He's a name to monitor as a waiver-wire pickup in case the breakout comes this year, but on draft day, you can probably pass. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $15 million contract with the Kings in May 2017.
Two points in losing effort
LWVancouver Canucks
April 4, 2019
Pearson scored a power-play goal and added an assist on the man advantage as well in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Predators.
ANALYSIS
Pearson's two-point night gives him four points over his past two contests and 26 in 79 games for the year. He also finished with the second-most ice time among Canucks forwards (18:10), trailing only Bo Horvat.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:28
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:39
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:02
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:30
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:48
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:03
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:13
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:51
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
16:19
2:24
1:05
2017–18
15:58
1:48
1:02
2018–19
16:28
1:39
1:02
2018–19
13:30
1:48
0:03
2018–19
13:13
0:51
0:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It was a career year across the board for Pearson in 2016-17, and most encouraging in fantasy settings was his climb to 2:24 of power-play time per game. The 24-year-old winger only collected eight points with the man advantage, but that also doubled his 2015-16 production. His in-game intelligence likely trumps his physical skills, but Pearson is an excellent complement to both playmakers and shoot-first scorers. Entering his age-25 campaign this season, and with an offensive role locked up, Pearson has the potential to take another step forward.
Pearson’s first full NHL season was a successful one in that he stayed largely healthy while increasing his scoring rate, setting new career marks with 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points, As he enters his age-24 season, though, the Kings and fantasy owners are looking for Pearson to settle in as a legitimate second-line left wing. It’s a tough task for him to replace both the toughness and the offense of his predecessor, Milan Lucic, but that’s just what the Kings need from him. No pressure. As a 2012 first-round pick, he certainly has the pedigree to deliver on that promise, but at the very minimum, Pearson’s one of the league’s better grinders who does the dirty work in front of the net and has real finishing ability. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him boost his point total into the 40s with a nice complement of hits and plus-minus.
Pearson, a first-round pick of the Kings in 2012, looked primed to fill a larger role heading into last season following his postseason breakout during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup the previous year. In just 42 games, the winger got off to a great start with 12 goals, four assists, and a plus-14 rating that was good for second on the team. However, his season ended up being cut short due to a broken leg suffered in January, stalling his development progress. Pearson should be fully healed by the time the 2015-16 campaign kicks off, and figures to land a spot on the club's second or third line. Even in his light ice time (13:18 average TOI) last season, the 24-year-old showed he could be an effective sniper, converting on 17.6 percent of his shots. Expect Pearson's duties to be limited early on as he eases back into action following the serious injury, but before long, he could emerge as a contributor to fantasy teams in all formats.
Pearson opened eyes at AHL Manchester (17 goals and 32 points in 41 games) to earn a call-up with the Kings. He wasn't a huge factor in the regular season with just seven points in 25 games, but took his game up a notch in the playoffs to deliver 12 points in 24 games. He really seemed to click with linemates Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter during the postseason, so expect them to skate together again. Such an arrangement could boost the numbers for all three players.
Pearson jumped straight from the 2012 draft to the AHL and had a very nice debut (19 goals, 28 assists in 64 games) at Manchester. He spent time on the team's top line and power play, as well as killing penalties, and may give the organization some top-six potential at the left wing spot. He'll most certainly get more time to round out his game at the AHL again this season.
Pearson was a late-bloomer after getting bypassed in his first two years of draft eligiblity, but exploded last season with 91 points (37 G, 54 A) in 60 games in the OHL, earning him a first-round selection by the Kings in the 2012 Entry Draft. He'll likely head to the AHL to prove that last year's outburst wasn't a fluke.
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Powers offense with two goals
LWVancouver Canucks
April 2, 2019
Pearson scored twice on seven shots, and went a plus-2 with two hits in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Sharks.
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Scores shootout winner
LWVancouver Canucks
March 29, 2019
Pearson scored the shootout winner over Los Angeles on Thursday.
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Tallies in loss
LWVancouver Canucks
March 26, 2019
Pearson scored his 14th goal of the season on four shots and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Ducks.
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Notches trio of points
LWVancouver Canucks
March 20, 2019
Pearson scored twice on four shots and added a helper in Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Senators.
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Finds twine in shootout loss
LWVancouver Canucks
March 15, 2019
Pearson scored a goal on three shots in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Devils on Friday.
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